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Networks and Interest Groups  

North West Psychological Professions Network          

The North West Psychological Professions Network (NWPPN) was launched in February 2014.  Counsellors in the North West are welcome to become involved. The Network encompasses and supports many psychological professions and aims to be relevant to developments in psychological therapies and their role in promoting mental health. 

Join the Network to increase the impact psychological professions have with other networks supported by Health Education North West and also to receive regular email newsletters about events, training and developments.

Twitter account @NWPPN

NB: Zubeida Ali (BACP Healthcare Past Chair) is on the steering group as counselling representatives.

NEW North West Psychological Professions Network (NWPPN)

The official launch of this new network will be 26 February 2014. It will bring together practitioners providing NHS services across the districts of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Cumbria and Lancashire, Cheshire & Wirral, including: counsellors, psychologists, psychological therapists, psychotherapists, arts therapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners. PPN North West will promote excellence in psychological health and wellbeing by supporting: sharing of clinical expertise, developing leadership, life-long learning, research and innovation. It will also champion the psychological therapies' profession within mental and physical healthcare and ensure its voice is heard in the new NHS decision making and commissioning processes.

For more information contact: Clare Baguley, PPN North West Network Lead on clare.baguley@nw.hee.nhs.uk

Gita Bhutani, PPN North West Network Chair on Gita.Bhutani@lancashire.nhs.uk or

Zubeida Ali - Past Chair of BACP Healthcare & PPN Steering Group Member on zubeida.ali@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Existing Networks

The following list of networks and interest groups are relevant to counsellors working in the NHS. Some of these groups are closely affiliated to BACP Healthcare, others are open to members of a range of professional bodies. These networks present an opportunity to connect with other counsellors in your geographic or interest area:

Bedfordshire

Led by

Maureen Papé 

Aims

Bedford counsellors meet regularly and aim to:

  • Re-establish a forum in which counsellors, psychotherapists and others from the therapeutic community, in this area of the UK, can come together and share best practice
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP

And also to allow:

  • Linkage and consulting with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Networking with allied professionals

Contact

Bedfordshire network has previously held frequent meetings, CPD and training events and are keen to return to this level of activity. Any counsellor/psychotherapist who has a genuine interest in joining the network should contact the Network Lead on mmp.imal@btinternet.com or BACP Healthcare on healthcare@bacp.co.uk to express their interest. Please entitle your email ‘Bedfordshire network information’.

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Cleveland (including Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland)

Led by

Christine Clarke

Aims

We aim to:

  • Provide a forum in which counsellors, psychotherapists and others from the therapeutic community, can come together and share best practice
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP

And also to allow:

  • Linkage and consulting with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Networking with allied professionals

Contact

Any counsellor/psychotherapist who has a genuine interest in joining the network should contact the Network Lead on christine.couns.clarke@ntlworld.com or BACP Healthcare on healthcare@bacp.co.uk to express their interest. Please entitle your email 'Cleveland network information'.

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Healthcare Counsellors & Psychotherapists, Scotland

Led by

Tina Campbell, NHS Service Manager

Aims

To create a forum for counsellors and psychotherapists working in NHS services across Scotland to network in order to:

  • Overcome isolation and enable mutual support for practitioners
  • Identify and share best practice
  • Raise awareness of the role of counselling
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Identify relevant research/gaps in research

Activities

These include:

  • Meetings every 3 months either in person or through teleconferencing facilities (usually in Glasgow)
  • Disseminate minutes of above through e-mail distribution list
  • Two-way communication with BACP Healthcare Executive and BACP about Scottish issues pertinent to them and BACP Healthcare/BACP issues relevant to Scottish NHS based counsellors
  • Identification of relevant CPD activities relevant to Scottish NHS based counsellors and to co-ordinate bi-annual conferences to meet these CPD needs

Contact

The network welcomes contact from counsellors working in counselling and psychotherapy in the NHS in Scotland. You are welcome to attend the meetings either in person or by video-conferencing. Alternatively you can be kept informed by being added to the e-mail distribution list

Joining

Membership of the network is open to anyone practising as a counsellor/psychotherapist in the Scottish NHS who is either currently accredited or is seeking accreditation with BACP, COSCA or other, eg UKCP. It is not essential that members attend network meetings. However, we do encourage members to join BACP Healthcare.
If you would like to find out more about network activities, or are interested in joining, please email the Network Lead on healthcare@bacp.co.uk entitling your email 'Healthcare Counsellors & Psychotherapists, Scotland meetings'.

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Mid Essex

Led by

Sylvia Young

Aims

Network activity in this region is currently inactive but we would like to:

  • Re-establish a forum in which counsellors, psychotherapists and others from the therapeutic community, in this area of the UK, can come together and share best practice
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP

And also to allow:

  • Linkage and consulting with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Networking with allied professionals

Contact

Mid Essex network has previously held frequent meetings and CPD events and are keen to return to this level of activity. Any counsellor/psychotherapist who has a genuine interest in joining the should contact the Network Lead on young_01@madasafish.com or contact BACP Healthcare on healthcare@bacp.co.uk to express their interest. Please entitle your email 'Mid Essex network information'.

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Northern Ireland Counselling Forum (NICF)

Led by

Brenda Tighe, Independent Counsellor

Aims

The forum came into existence to fulfil the need for a representative body for Counsellors and Trainers in Northern Ireland. This need developed from the DHSSPS Counselling Review and the forthcoming registration and regulation for the Counselling Profession. It held it's first meeting in February 2003. The NICF aims to:

  • Be a common voice for the Counselling communities in NI
  • Raise public awareness of counselling in NI and Europe
  • Promote and develop professional standards and research related to counselling
  • Raise awareness of accreditation in NI
  • Be an influence in policy making at all levels concerning counselling

Activities

These include:

  • Meet every three months – sometimes with representatives/guest presenters from other organisations
  • Link and consult with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Network with allied professionals
  • We aim to have a presence at relevant conferences and events

Contact

The NICF was founded to promote quality standards within the counselling and therapeutic communities. Our purpose is to effectively represent the practical needs of the NI Counselling Profession; including lobbying, networking and representation to statutory and professional bodies. We welcome contact from all who wish to offer their input and support to achieve this purpose

Joining

Membership of the network is open to all student and qualified counsellors. It is not essential that members of the network attend network meetings. If you would like to find out more about network activities, or are interested in joining, please email nicounsellingforum@hotmail.com or healthcare@bacp.co.uk entitling your email 'NICF Information'.

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North Yorkshire

Led by

Bernadette Broderick

Aims

Network activity in this region is currently inactive but we would like to:

  • Re-establish a forum in which counsellors, psychotherapists and others from the therapeutic community, in this area of the UK, can come together and share best practice
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP

And also to allow:

  • Linkage and consulting with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Networking with allied professionals

Contact

North Yorkshire network has previously held frequent meetings, CPD and training events and are keen to return to this level of activity. Any counsellor/psychotherapist who has a genuine interest in joining the network should contact BACP Healthcare on healthcare@bacp.co.uk to express their interest. Please entitle your email 'North Yorkshire network information'.

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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners network (Wales)

Led by

Steve Douglas

Aims

To provide a forum for all interested staff working in Primary care Mental Health in Wales to:

  • Overcome isolation and enable mutual support for practitioners
  • Identify and share best practice
  • Raise awareness of the role of counselling and other interventions in Primary care

Activities

These include:

  • Meet regularly – some times with representatives/ guest presenters from other organisations
  • Network with allied professionals
  • We aim to have a presence at relevant Conferences and events

Contact

The network welcomes contact from anyone with an interest in primary care mental health. We are keen to make contact with other individuals and organisations that share our passion for delivering appropriate supportive interventions to people with mild to moderate mental health problems and their carers.

Joining

Membership of the network is open to all practitioners and service users who are interested and committed to improving mental health within primary care mental health in Wales. It is not essential that members of the network attend network meetings. If you would like to find out more about network activities, or are interested in joining, please email the Network Lead at steve.douglas@wales.nhs.uk www.wamhipc.org.uk

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Scottish Cancer and Palliative Care Counsellors

Led by

Christopher Vlasto, Palliative Care Counsellor, Fife PCT

Aims

In the context of cancer and palliative care counselling in NHS Scotland, the network aims to:

  • Overcome isolation and enable mutual support for practitioners
  • Identify and share best practice
  • Raise awareness of the role of counselling
  • Inform the work of BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Identify relevant research/gaps in research

Activities

These include:

  • Meet two to three times per year – sometimes with representatives/guest presenters from other organisations
  • Maintain a Managed Knowledge Network at: http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
  • Link and consult with BACP Healthcare and BACP
  • Network with allied professionals
  • We aim to have a presence at relevant conferences and events

Contact

The network welcomes contact from anyone with an interest in counselling and psychotherapy in cancer and palliative care. We are keen to make contact with other individuals and organisations that share our passion for delivering appropriate supportive interventions to terminally ill patients and their carers.

Joining

Membership of the network is open to anyone practising as a counsellor/psychotherapist or service manager in cancer and/or palliative care who is either currently accredited or is seeking accreditation with BACP, COSCA or other eg UKCP. It is not essential that members attend network meetings. If you would like to find out more about network activities, or are interested in joining, please email the Network Lead at chrisvlasto@fife-pct.scot.nhs.uk or healthcare@bacp.co.uk entitling your email 'SCPCC Network Information'

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Psychotherapeutic Practitioners in Neurology (PPN)

Led by

Julia Segal

Aims

  • To offer peer support in a safe and confidential environment.
  • To offer training opportunities within the group
  • To share ideas and differing ways of working
  • To share and discuss research
  • To raise the profile of the work

Activities

We meet three times a year to enable sharing, learning and best practice in the field of psychotherapeutic work with clients who have neurological disorder/disabilities such as acquired brain injury, Huntington’s Chorea, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, strokes etc.

Contact

If you would like to find out more about network activities, or are interested in joining, please email the Network Lead at juliasegal@mscounselling.com or healthcare@bacp.co.uk entitling your email ‘PPN network enquiry’

Joining

Membership is open to counsellors, psychotherapists and creative therapists, (e.g. art therapists) working with clients who have neurological disorders.
It is not essential that members attend network meetings. However, we do encourage members to join BACP Healthcare.

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